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A diet rich in dietary fibre from cocoa improves lipid profile

AuthorsBravo, Laura ; Lecumberri, Elena; Mateos, Raquel ; Ramos, Sonia ; Izquierdo-Pulido, M.; Goya, Luis
Issue Date2008
PublisherEdizioni Teknoscienze
CitationAgro Food Industry Hi-Tech 19: 10- 12 (2008)
AbstractBy-products obtained from the industrial processing of cocoa beans constitute an important source of dietary fibre (DF) containing appreciable amounts of polyphenols compounds. Such a fibre-rich cocoa product (FRCP) could have potential applications as a functional ingredient due to the combined effects associated to its DF content (mainly insoluble DF) and antioxidant activity. We studied the effect of the FRCP in an animal model of hypercholesterolaemia and observed a cholesterol- and triglyceride-lowering effect derived from the consumption of this product for 3 weeks. A reduction of biomarkers of oxidative stress was also detected. These beneficial properties, together with the effect increasing faecal bulking, suggest that this cocoa product could be of interest as a functional food ingredient or nutraceutical.
Identifiersissn: 1722-6996
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